Links from around the web: 1-14-2016

The very sad news that is currently preoccupying my entire Twitter timeline is the passing of Alan Rickman. Hypable has a wonderful/sob-inducing round-up of reactions from people he worked with. (I started crying at the desk when I read Emma Thompson’s, so consider yourself warned.) As I said on Twitter, he’s always been Col. Brandon for me, that quiet, kind man.

On a happier note, PW did a great interview with NEWBERY WINNER Matt de la Peña, which also made me tear up, but in a good way.

Misty Copeland dancing on a rooftop is so beautiful.

Kelly Jensen at Stacked Books did an amazing round-up of female-driven YA books. I can’t wait to dive into the list and try the ones I haven’t already read and loved.

BB-8 cross-stitch is so cool!

How to sneak your cat into work is a very thorough explanation of how to sneak your cat into work. Which I promptly shared with my boss, so possibly my cover is blown?


That’s all for today because I have to go back to crying.


Links from around the web: 12-21-15

This article about Megan Phelps-Roper was a really interesting read; it’s not at all surprising to me that the internet played such a big part in her change of heart/faith/life.

You’re all lucky I’m still trying to be very careful about Star Wars spoilers, because otherwise this entire post would just be STAR WARS. But for now, this Hamilton reference is PERFECT ❤ ❤ <3, as is JOHN BOYEGA, literal cinnamon roll! And eeeeee, so many emotions.

I am very heart-eyes over The Cursed Child’s cast, and I’m not even particularly a Harry Potter fan.

I’m posting very occasionally on a new blog, and here are some thoughts about Advent and making light.

Dovetailing off of this, the next two links are via Natalie Luhrs: a meditation on Santa Lucia day, and “We were made for these times,” which I found both challenging and encouraging.

Apparently I am entering early middle age young, because I would like to read the vast majority of these. (via, indirectly, the Two Bossy Dames)

The sad economics of internet fame was a really fascinating, thought-provoking read. (via Ebony Elizabeth Thomas)

Male writers list the female writers who have influenced them. This is really interesting, but I also feel like they shouldn’t have to be directly asked! (via Sunil Patel)


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Links from around the web: 12-9-15

This picture book looks incredibly fun & adorable. Out next fall!

Two thoughtful posts from Kelly Jensen: a letter to Time Magazine and “Do We Honor Girls’ Stories: The Double Standard of YA Lit

ALERT Hamilton fans, there is a picture book about A.Ham and A. Burr which would make a perfect gift for the young fans of any household.

ALSO HAMILTON is coming to Chicago ahhhhhhhhh.

You can find out which All-of-a-Kind Family member you most resemble. (I got Sarah, which I like.)

This art with a bunch of gorgeous teacups is soothing to my soul.

My Anne/Gilbert heart can’t handle this gifset, like, at all.

If you tend to be an over-apologizer (which I do), the concept of saying thank you instead of sorry is pretty amazing. (Disclaimer that obviously there are times when apologies are right & necessary.)

THIS ART. I want to write a story about her.

Indeed, this is the dream life, so why is it impossible?

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Links from around the web: 11-24-15

This could be titled The Burn It All Down issue, just to warn you.

Heavy stuff
Rembert Browne did a really interesting interview with DeRay McKesson. The interview itself is great & it also made me think a lot about how the questions & depth of interviews change when two people from the same group are the ones involved.

A Washington Post article about the way Ferguson led into the Mizzou protests (which I think helps push back against the idea that these are whiney college students–it becomes clear that Ferguson was a huge catalyst for a number of the activists).

People have been talking a lot about this essay “On Pandering” and with good reason. I think it says a lot of good, important things, but I’m also listening to a number of women of color who feel it has a limited point of view/scope. Still, it’s worth reading if only for the best explanation of the effects of gaslighting I’ve ever seen.

As a result of a Twitter conversation about the pandering essay above, Gwenda Bond linked me to an old article of hers about the canon, which I think is really great. I love and have loved many of the classics, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but I also think it’s important to examine who and what we’re promoting.

Annie Theriault’s essay on “Mental Illness & the Male Gaze” is breathtakingly powerful.

Tying nicely in with Gwenda’s post above, the Reading While White blog had a post about who gets to be a classic, and what we’re doing when we unthinkingly promote the same books over and over. (via Brandy)

This is completely terrifying, as a woman on the internet (but really it should be terrifying for everyone). If you think that MRAs/GG are not dangerous in the real world, reconsider that. (Also the internet is part of the real world, so reconsider that too.)

I found this Atlantic article a really thoughtful critique of maker culture & what/who it’s promoting.

And finally, there was a barf-inducing article in Publisher’s Weekly about yet another white male writer who is coming to save YA from its lady-cooties, by writing a MPDG, OF COURSE. Here’s an older interview with him that made me furious about two lines in. Be warned.

A happy thing or two


Taking down Thomas Jefferson

Little girls in adorable & amazing Halloween costumes? YES PLEASE

A tiny goat is ridiculously cute

Probably most people have seen this cats vs. cucumbers video already, but just in case! I tried it with Wimsey, but he was not scared at all and mostly thought I was being silly.

The lady who bought a front-row seat at a Donald Trump rally & then read Claudia Rankine’s Citizen all through the speech is amazing & a hero.

The in-depth analysis of Han & Leia’s “I love you/I know” exchanges you’ve always wanted.


Links from around the web: 9-16-15

The National Book Award longlist for Young People’s Literature has been posted. I am happy for several of the books (Bone Gap! Nimona! Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!)

Daniel Kraus’s essay on Twilight in Booklist is really thoughtful and does a great job of looking at the book honestly and clearly while also not shaming its readers and fans.

Agatha Christie and the Golden Age of Poisons” is possibly the best New Yorker article ever published. I’m kidding. Sort of.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry has a gorgeous new cover from Kadir Nelson.

A computer game for Attolia fans.

I enjoyed this Literary Gothic post.

Secret superheroes are THE BEST.

I’ve seen this dynamic before and it’s so toxic: “The other moms immediately bent over backward to make sure I knew he wasn’t theirs either. That kid in the white shirt, who appeared to be the bad behavior instigator, wasn’t their responsibility. We looked around the playground and spotted another mom, far away, clearly at the playground, but not paying any attention to her child. They made this silent affirmation, like of course. He was hers.”

Cute animals: THIS PONY AAAHHHH!!; my cat emerges from the couch


Links from around the web: 9-3-15

I have a lot of thoughts about this profile of the two girls involved in the so-called Slenderman stabbing. Mostly, the emotional landscape of the friendship was really familiar to me from middle school, eerily so. That kind of ambivalent intimacy, the shared fantasy worlds that you both believe in and know aren’t entirely real. I don’t have firm conclusions but it definitely made me think a lot about friendships and middle school.

A Poirot Novel Where No One Is Murdered And He Gets To Eat Everything He Wanted Without Interruption. I would TOTALLY read this book and all of its sequels. And eat all of the food.

If you’re a bullet journal fan and/or love reading about other people’s processes (meeeee), you may also be excited to know that the official bullet journal site has a blog now!

There’s still some time to apply to be a Cybils judge! I highly recommend doing this, as the Cybils are fabulous and the people involved are awesome.

No More Memory Holes” is a really important post if you’re invested in the ongoing SF issues.

The Wikipedia entry on Belle Epoque dandy Evander Berry Wall makes for some fun reading!

I found “No Country for Young Women” insightful and familiar: “Even leaving aside the news, the street, and the internet, if you’re a girl who reads a lot of history, and you grow into a woman who reads a lot more, you spend your entire reading life slicing your toes on nails sticking up through the floor, because as you pick your way through the hostile territory of the past, you’ll do so via the accounts of fêted men who believe half of our species is cunning but stupid, intrinsically trivial, intellectually dead.”


Links from around the web: 6-17-15

How I Discovered I am White” by Janelle Hanchett: “I realized the reason I had never thought about race was because I was of the privileged one, because I didn’t have to, NOT BECAUSE RACIAL DISPARITY DIDN’T EXIST. I didn’t have to think about race because I was having a fundamentally different life experience than people of color. But I could ignore them, because of my privilege.”

“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” — G.D. Anderson

A helpful self-care checklist.

A new Anne of Green Gables mini-series is in the works. Starring Martin Sheen as Matthew. Personally, I’m not excited.

Other people also love UPROOTED! The Book Smugglers, Renay @ Lady Business, Rachel Neumeier

WARNING: HERE THERE BE PUPPIES. As discussed a bit on Monday, the 2015 Hugos just keep getting worse. I would say that we’ve hit rock bottom at this point, but I’m pretty sure that’s not actually true. At any rate, here’s the gross message from Tom Doherty (plus almost 500 comments, almost completely unmoderated, BEWARE). Also responses from: Chuck Wendig, Kameron Hurley, Natalie Luhrs, and Brenna Clarke Gray.

Okay, having saddened you all with that, I have recently fallen in love with a few Parks & Rec mashup blogs. There’s Parks and Rings, Parks and Cap, and Parks and Prejudice (LBD).

I’ve seen some excellent DWJ fanart in the last few weeks! Here’s one for Dark Lord of Derkholm, and also Tanaqui (and a character sketch).

I loved this quote about fairy tales.


Links from around the web: 6-1-15

My friend Shae put together a playlist for Code Name Verity and it made me cryyyy.

BookCon had an all male Paper Towns panel and I got mad about it.

I love this modern day Persephone art. Also, TEA DRAGONS.

The TEDWomen conference turns away a nursing mother because they don’t allow kids and made no childcare provisions. So that’s cool.

Representation Matters: Misty Copeland & Raven Wilkinson

10 new & debut Asian American YA authors to look out for.

I’m not a huge fan of You’ve Got Mail (sorry not sorry) but I did love this quote.

My friend Kaye started the #YesAllWomen hashtag and a year later she wrote a piece on staring it and what happened next.

My friend Jael wrote this post as a response to the news about Josh Duggar. It’s an honest, heartfelt story and I’m so proud of her for sharing it.

Every time I see a poem by Clementine Von Radics, it really captures something real & deep. This one is no exception.

“Over the past few years I’ve become increasingly interested in making sense of the circumstances that allow people to take a stance against or for something, both in stories and in life. I’ve been thinking a lot about activism and exhaustion and hope. I don’t think bravery as an individual character trait accounts for much; instead I’ve come to believe that, as Dais put it, we draw strength from the knowledge that we’re not alone, that we have more friends than we imagined.” This something I’ve also been thinking about in the past few years, and Ana puts it perfectly in this post.


Links from around the web: 5-13-15

N.K. Jemisin’s look at the reception two of her characters have received is fascinating, and somewhat depressing.

Brains…are weird…Also, this reminded me a little of Rachel Hartman’s Shadow Scale, for spoilery reasons. (via Natalie Luhrs)

As previously discussed, I’m a big fan of the Bullet Journal method, and Kelly has a great post about how she uses hers. I love reading about different adaptations and processes.

Also from Kelly, this Book Riot post about the problems with touting free ebooks as a solution to literacy challenges is 100% on point. “While this initiative saves the publisher on the cost of printing and distributing a physical book, it in no way allows poorer kids — those who are most in need and most likely to benefit from this kind of access — access to them.”

The adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell has a trailer! I’m kind of excited about it, also I think this was a really nice trailer from the point of view of trailer as art form. I would have liked to have seen more of Stephen Black, but overall, yay!

Shannon Hale is awesome. “Notice the girls did not boo Thomas or Justice League or cars. Many cheered those things too. But the boys booed Barbe and EAH in unison, loudly, as if it was only natural, expected.” Related, this quote–I haven’t read the entire post yet

Joy Lofthouse, 92 year old former ATA pilot, flies a Spitfire again. I cried. (via Elizabeth Wein)

The Tolkien fan in me loved this NYT correction.

I call shenanigans. Oh, wait, DOUBLE SHENANIGANS.

Fanart: gorgeous cover for The Hobbit; cover for Chime, which I like better than the actual covers; Gen & Irene in typical poses; also, look! one of my favorite scenes

And finally, a fox reading buddy = THE CUTEST.


Links from around the web: 4-29-15

Genevieve Valentine wrote a short story about the Night Witches, and it’s lovely.

I found this post about women in science fiction really thought-provoking. This is obviously a topic that I keep coming back to.

I really liked A Darker Shade of Magic, and the cover for the second book looks awesome.

Great post by Filipino author Candy Gourlay about the importance of diversity.

This note from another librarian is so true. SO true.

Jonathan Crombie, who played Gilbert Blythe in the tv adaptations of the Anne of Green Gables series, died and we all mourned. There were a lot of great posts and remembrances, but I especially liked this essay from The New Yorker.

That escalated quickly.

Fanart: Chrestomanci and Howl. CHRESTOMANCI AND HOWL. House of Many Ways. Gen–I find this one very haunting